Rajasthan to launch enrolment drive for anganwadi centres from Monday
The state women and child development (WCD) ministry is launching the ‘Anganwadi Chalo Abhiyan’, an enrolment drive for the anganwadi centres in the state, from MondayUpdated: Jul 02, 2017 19:48 IST
Like last year, the state women and child development (WCD) ministry is launching the ‘Anganwadi Chalo Abhiyan’, an enrolment drive for the anganwadi centres in the state, from Monday. The announcement was made by WCD minister Anita Bhadel, a press release from the ministry said.
The ministry has taken a string of steps to transform the anganwadi centres from just feeding centres to pre-school learning centres. It has renamed them as anganwadi paathshalas, distributed stationery kits to children, and also developed workbooks for them with the help of UNICEF Rajasthan.
The drive carried out by the ministry in July last year had upped the enrolment from 1.2 lakh to 2.8 lakh in anganwadis.
The state has nearly 61,000 anganwadi centres.
Bhadel has also said that the National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme is bearing positive results and the enrolment drive is intended to attract children and parents to the centres.
While addressing a meeting of officials at the secretariat last week, the minister said that the ECCE benefits at anganwadis must be publicised at public places through videos or audio messages.
Bhadel also said that the anganwadi centres are transforming into playschools and to make them successful, the community will be roped in at village, panchayat and district level. In addition, children completing education at the centres will be given Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificates, she added.
The minister also passed orders for getting services of BEd and BSTC (Basic School Training Certificate) interns at the centres. Furthermore, the centres that are located at secluded places will be earmarked and shifted to appropriate places.
The minister also made two committees with Samit Sharma, director, integrated child development services, as their head – first, for studying the possibilities of introducing compulsion under RTE and framing rules under ECCE, and the second for framing guidelines for regulation of private playschools in the state.